by Nick Delgado
Guam - We Are Guahan members hopeful the Department of Defense will live up "to its' legal obligation this time to ensure a supplemental environmental impact statement is an open and honest process without the need for court intervention". Hawaii District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi dismissed the organization and the Guam Preservation Trust and the National Trust for Historic Preservation's lawsuit against DOD over plans to build a live fire training range near the ancient village of Pagat.
The judge found the case moot since JGPO announced it's working on a supplemental EIS. Governor Eddie Calvo said, "I think it's important as this process moves forward that we continue to focus on the four pillars, the One Guam approach, and in the end what that means is that not only will this marine buildup and military upsurge in Guam good for US in its strategic mission for DOD but in the end its good for the people of Guam."
DOD expects to begins the two-year SEIS process early this year. Calvo does say the military is looking at their current inventory to construct a live firing range.